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Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K per year. Compensation ranges from $24K on the lower end to $47K per year on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Female Certified Addiction Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,098 - $46,717
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,663
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90%

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$10.73 - $23.20
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,098 - $46,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,876 - $46,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $23.20  
   
Overtime
$14.09 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,876 - $46,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Certified Addiction Counselors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Counseling and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Group Therapy and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $32K. For Certified Addiction Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Certified Addiction Counselors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $40K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Counseling
up arrow 7%

Group Therapy
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%